By Ivan Mwine
The police have reached a breakthrough in the murder of Robert Charles Ogwang, the Acting Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Bukwo District who was murdered last Saturday.
Ogwang was murdered by assailants who waylaid him along Bombo Road, sprayed his vehicle with bullets after which they burnt his vehicle.
It is said that he was shortly thereafter rushed to Bombo Military Hospital for medical attention but died shortly after admission.
The latest development is that the police have since arrested two suspects to help with investigations into the gruesome murder that left many Ugandans in great shock.
Briefing the name about their investigations so far, police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga said in a statement thus; “We continue to investigate the fatal shooting of the Ag. CAO Bukwo district, Mr. Charles Robert Ogwal, which occurred on the 8.07.2022 at around 11:30pm, at Kiryowa village, along Bombo road. The preliminary facts gathered, indicate that the victim travelled from Bukwo to Mbale, with his driver, Eric Chemusto, aged 23, in motor vehicle, registration number, UG0865Z. While in Mbale, the victim had plans of travelling to Kampala via Lira. He however, changed his mind and they drove to Kampala. They reached Mukono after 10:00am and proceeded to Wandegeya, Ntinda, Konge, Kisaasi among other places.”
He added that; “ At around 8:00pm, he dropped his driver at Liberty Guest House in Kireka, to enable him travel by bus to Bukwo district, while he drives himself to Lira. The victim drove and reached Bwaise at around 9:23pm, Kawempe up to Kagoma where he delayed a bit. At around 11:12pm, he drove past the CCTV camera site at Kiryagonja ward, while heading towards Bombo.”
Detailing how Ogwal was murdered, Enanga went on to explain that; “It was at Kiryowa cell, Kiryamuli ward, Gombe division, that he was stopped by an armed group of strangers, and he parked aside. The attackers inquired whether he was Mr. Ogwang, and it was at that stage that he sensed danger and told them that he was his driver. They removed his wallet and phone, which they checked. After establishing his true identify, the assailants fired several bullets at him from the passenger side.”
Enanga however noted that this was an account of the victim to the medical staff at Bombo Military Hospital, as they tried to give him First Aid, although he unfortunately succumbed to the injuries.
“We also got a very clear account from two other victims who were driving a tri-cycle, registration number UFF849H, who were also rushed to the hospital, after their tri-cycle, over turned and injured them. They clearly narrated how they fled to a nearby bush when the gunshots began, and how the attack was being recorded on a smart phone, by one of the assailants for their proof. The attackers also set the motor vehicle on fire, with the victim inside before escaping from the scene,” Enanga added.
According to Enanga, the police strongly believe that the victim was targeted. The killing was not random but pre-meditated, pre-planned and targeted.
He revealed that at this stage, the motive of the fatal shooting has not yet been determined, although they have since rule out robbery or domestic terrorism.
He revealed that so far 4 suspects have been arrested including the driver and another suspect who was arrested while hiding in the bush near the scene.
The police publicist revealed that a total of 26 cartridges were recovered from the scene, a grey jacket, a gun butt, blood specimen and empty tins of yoghurt.
The wreckage of the burnt double cabin pick-up and the motorcycle were also removed from the scene.
“We appreciate that an incident of this nature, causes panic and understandable concern in the public. We however, want to reassure the public that we have leads that will help us establish the full circumstances of the incident and the identity of all culprits involved in the planning, preparation and execution of the targeted murder,” Enanga concluded.